Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS)

Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS)

In-person public events at the Lunar and Planetary Institute have been postponed until further notice. The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s new public engagement program provides the opportunity to connect with planetary scientists from home! Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) are 30-minute online sessions that include a scientist’s presentation, a demonstration related to the topic, and some time for questions and discussion with the scientist.

 

VEEPS:  Venus – Cloudy with a Chance of Lava Flows

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. (CDT)

Venus – Cloudy with a Chance of Lava Flows

Why is Venus so different from Earth? Despite being our closest neighbor in the solar system, we still have a lot to learn about this mysterious planet. Venus’ super-hot surface is cloaked in thick clouds that make it difficult to observe. Recently, NASA selected two missions that will study Venus’ surface and atmosphere. Families and children are invited to join us on September 22 for an exciting VEEPS program! Our guest scientist, Dr. Justin Filiberto (LPI), will help us learn all about Venus. Then we’ll share a cool volcano demonstration and invite you all to join us in a fun, hands-on activity!

Dr. Justin Filiberto
Dr. Justin Filiberto

Dr. Justin Filiberto is a senior staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, where he studies volcanism and how the crusts and mantles of planetary bodies (Venus, Mars, and the Earth and Moon) have changed over time. He is a member of the DAVINCI mission team, which was recently selected by NASA for its Discovery Program and will be the first U.S.-led mission to Venus’ atmosphere since 1978.

VEEPS:  The Most Powerful Telescope in Space

Saturday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

The Most Powerful Telescope in Space

Webb will be the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. To celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, we are holding a very special VEEPS science program! During the program, you’ll hear from scientists and experts about how the James Webb Space Telescope works, what it will study, and more. Families and children are invited to join us on Saturday, October 30, to learn about this revolutionary telescope, interact with scientific leaders, and take part in virtual demonstrations and activities!
 

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